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Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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The Tunisian Double Crochet is such a fun, quick stitch to make. If you can make the traditional double crochet, you can absolutely make the Tunisian version! Learn how with this brand new tutorial.

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Tunisian Double Crochet Tutorial

Tunisian Double Crochet is one of my favorites. I love it because of the delicate feel of the fabric, and because it doesn’t tend to curl as much as other Tunisian crochet stitches.

Tunisian Double Crochet tutorial

The Tunisian Double Crochet looks much like the regular double crochet stitch. It is very similar to it in construction as well, with one major difference: you leave one loop from each stitch made on the hook on the forward pass, then knock them off one by one on the backward pass.

how to tunisian double crochet

I love the tall loops this stitch creates, and how delicate a shawl or scarf would be using this technique. Definitely a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet stitch so grab your hook and let’s get started!

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About the Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch

This stitch is abbreviated as Tdc.

Start with any number of chains.

The last chain made will be the side of the first stitch of the first row.

Where you insert your hook into the stitches of the previous row dictates the appearance of the fabric. For example, if you insert your hook only into the vertical bar of the stitch (as in Tunisian Simple Stitch) it will look more dense than if you insert your hook through the middle of the stitch as I have in this tutorial (and as in Tunisian Knit Stitch).

Play around with the options to see which appeals to you more. You could also go into the back bar for a totally different effect!

Always work the backward pass as in regular Tunisian Crochet. Ch-1, then yarn over pull through two to the end of the row.

While this stitch doesn’t tend to curl too much, it does tend to slant a bit. Because of this you’ll most likely want to block the crochet piece when you’re finished.

To make this stitch (or any of the Tunisian stitches) you’ll want to use a Tunisian crochet hook. You can find one at most craft stores, albeit usually only in one or two sizes. You could purchase a fancy hook like this, or any of the economical full Tunisian crochet hook sets will suit nicely going forward.

Tunisian Crochet hooks

If you like this technique of crochet, you’ll appreciate the full set! There are also corded afghan hooks, and if you’re planning to make anything wider than 30″ or so (like a blanket etc), consider investing in those. There is much more in-depth information on all kinds of Tunisian hooks… which ones work best, which sizes to buy, and more in this post.

cabled Tunisian hooks

Tdc Instructions (step-by-step)

Forward Pass:

1. Start with any number of chains. (1 loop on hook)

2. Yarn over and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook. Pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)

3. Yarn over, pull through two loops. (2 loops on hook).

4. Yarn over, insert hook into next chain. Pull up a loop. (4 loops on hook).

Repeat step 3. (3 loops on hook)

Continue to the end of the row, adding one extra loop to the hook per stitch made.

tunisian double crochet video tutorial

Backward Pass:

1. Chain one.

2. Yarn over, pull through two loops.

Repeat step 2 to the end of the row, until you have only one loop remaining.

To start a new row you’ll want to chain one.

Then continue making one double crochet in each stitch to the end of the row. Remember that how you insert your hook will dictate the appearance of the stitch . Play around with inserting as in TSS, TKS, or into the top/back bar only. In this example I am using the knit technique.

how to make the tunisian double crochet

On the last stitch of each row you’ll work through the outside two loops as in the photo (and video tutorial) below.

Tunisian double crochet

Repeat the backward pass.

Continue adding rows in this manner. When your piece is as tall as you’d like simply slip stitch (loosely) across, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Isn’t that lovely and fun?

Video Tutorial

YouTube video
We will be using this stitch in a free crochet pattern coming out soon! Keep an eye on your inbox if you subscribe to the Heart Hook Home email newsletter. If you haven’t yet subscribed, there’s a signup box at the bottom of this post. See you in your inbox!

Tunisian Double Crochet

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More Tunisian crochet tutorials:

Tunisian Crochet Puff Stitch Tutorial

Tunisian Knitling Stitch Tutorial

Tunisian Crochet Waffle Stitch Tutorial

Tiny Clusters Tunisian Crochet Tutorial

How to Work Tunisian Crochet in the Round

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